Rapid Fire Learning | October 2007

Looking back on this month to get together 5 things that I have learned was enlightening and a bit painful. October was an incredibly stressful month. But I will not complain. I will learn (rapidly) and decrease my stress for November.

1. Mom is tougher than the postman – But do not underestimate the power of the illness or its lasting effect when it cycles through your home and sets up camp in your body. Sometimes bulldogging through it instead of taking the down time that you really need can actually be more time costly…which leads to #2

2. Priority is a must – Steve couldn’t have said it any better. Not properly employing this habit exponentially increases stress. This is a habit I need to make better use of…which leads right into #3

3. Schedules that are too fluid will leak – Do I love My Beautiful Chaos? You bet I do! But, out of control chaos lacks balance and anything out of balance tips over…which leads to #4 ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Clutter throws the best balance and spills all over the place. Clutter is loud, distracting, depressing, and counter productive. It is also infectious. Clutter in my house will move to my office, will grow in my schedule, will infect my brain, and fill up my heart. I need to clear it out…so, finally, #5

5. Separating the wheat from the chaff is easier said than done. I’ll discuss this further later (Read – as soon as I get my mind wrapped around what I mean). In the meantime, I’d love to hear what, if anything, that statement says to you.


  1. Hi April, for Wheat equals the gold in life – family, faith and friends and an enjoyable career. These must be put in a priority order and many times the chaff, that is the weeds which jump in and try to choke out the gold, such as worthwhile activities that take time not in your schedule, doing favors for people that are trying to manipulate you to do work they can’t handle, taking on more at work than you can handle to get a promotion you don’t really need. One thing that really chokes is people who try to make you feel guilty for not doing their bidding. Learning to say no and meaning it is one of the biggest helps to keep the Wheat at the top so that you truly enjoy life.

  2. Rosa Say | Managing with Aloha says:

    Aloha April, this is what I have loved about our doing RFL from its day one; the learning we do inside our heads about the greatest study of all, โ€œme, myself, and I.โ€ Thereโ€™s something cleansing about looking back on the month, isnโ€™t there? Weโ€™re working on that #4 โ€“ the clutter in the brain part! Until you wrote the adjective here, I never thought about clutter as being โ€œloud,โ€ but that really is a good word for it, for it certainly can scream at us. Thank goodness RFL helps us drown out some of the noise. Mahalo for your sharing.

  3. Robyn,

    You are so spot on in your assessment…which is why I think it is much easier said than done.

    But I think you tugged on it with one word, “learning.” Just something I thought I knew how to so…sometimes, though, I am not so sure.

  4. Clutter IS loud! And like you said, it’s infectious. It gets in everything and spreads like crazy. Getting it under control helps tame its “voice” that we hear. Sadly, a lot of times that means guilt and shame, but it can be overcome. You can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rosa,

    Drown out the noise is right. Between an email yesterday and writing this post, I have had the quietest day in weeks – and got a lot done as a result.

    I know I am not around JJL as much as I should be, but I am real lucky to have your guys!

  6. Brandie,

    Ugh – did you ever nail it with the thought of “guilt and shame.”

    Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. April, this is an amazing list of learning for October!

    I think the biggest part of all of this is the Noticing.

    Once you notice the clutter (and actually recognise it as clutter) it’s much easier to make a decision and take action. Likewise with the chaos. Sometimes we get soooo buried in the day to day of being a Mum and a businesswoman and a wife and a friend… that it isn’t until something happens to slap us around the head a bit (like sickness) that we notice what is happening.

    It’s like our heart knows things are way out of balance, but our head is too busy dealing with it and pushing to just get. through. the. day. that we don’t stop to realise there might be a better way.

    All I can say is – April, you’re doing something very right by learning all that in one month! Bravo and bring on November!!!

  8. Karen –

    “I think the biggest part of all of this is the Noticing.”

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you are right…I just have to remember to count realizing how much I don’t know as a positive rather than a negative ๐Ÿ™‚

    But, I am awfully thankful for your site…I feel better everytime I visit!


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